Rural Crime Update: 17th March 2017

Op Randall Rural Crime Newsletter

Welcome to this weeks rural crime newsletter. Below there is a summary of some the incidents across Norfolk.  We would like to thank you for all your calls to Norfolk Constabulary; every piece of information, no matter how small helps us make Norfolk a safer county.

You are our eyes and ears and we depend on your assistance to reduce rural crime.

If you do not wish to leave your details, you can also call anonymously or via Crime Stoppers.
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Low Flying Civilian Aircraft information.

Around Stanfield, Dereham a blue and yellow helicopter has been reported as causing a nuisance. This was  reported as being below the 500ft limit in aviation law and disturbing cattle on the ground.  This is the second call regarding a blue and yellow helicopter flying in a similar manner. The Regulations-enforced by the CAA – stated below, means no ‘aircraft’ can fly within 500ft / 150m of a building, person, vehicle or vessel without prior permission.

Air navigation order 2009 –   RULES OF THE AIR REGULATIONS 2015 and  (SERA) Standardised European Rules of the Air

Annex 1, Sec’ B. The aircraft must not be flown closer than 150 metres (500 feet) to any person, vessel, vehicle or structure except with the permission of the CAA. (some exemptions apply)

If you witness unsafe practises by any air user, from a Paramotor ,                             aircraft  or helicopter(The images are for illustration purposes only).

Attempt to take picture or video, note the registration number down and contact the CAA- Civil Aviation Authority on:


CAA House, 45-59 Kingsway, London,  WC2B 6TE   or the main switchboard tel: 01293 567171

Op Galileo.

At 2105hrs in Matlaske, hare coursing was reported on land without permission. There were believed to be 6 people involved with a vehicle.  Officers responded and conducted an area search, but no further sightings were made.

Heritage Crime

In Carleton Forehoe, the lead was stolen from the church roof between 2300-0600hrs.

A historic site at Saham Toney close to Watton was targeted by Night Hawks again. The field had just been worked for crops. There is clear evidence night hawks have been on the land illegally metal detecting, with foot prints and holes that have been dug spread across field.


In Tasburgh an Ifor Williams trailer stolen, this was a smaller single axle GD84G Drop tail-gate with mesh on top.
Within Wisbech, there was a theft of a Blue Line trailer. There is potential CCTV of the offence for fiurther investigation.
At Potter Heigham, a domestic garage was broken into. A lawn mower and trailer are belived stolen.

Farm and Agriculture.

In Kings Lynn 2 tractors were broken into overnight between 2100—0400. One vehicle had a window smashed and the second a trimble stolen. An item believed used in the theft was located at the scene and collected for forensic examination.

Near to Bawburgh 30 geese were stolen from a farm.

At Mattishall, straw bales placed blocking vehicle access onto the fields were vandalised and set alite in two separate incidents. There are on going issues in the area linked to hare coursers accessing the surrounding fields.
River Walk West Lynn, there has been a deliberate ignition of hay bales.

In Larling, 2 males were disturbed walking around the farmer at 0400hrs. They ran and jumped in the rear of an old escort car-derived van type vehicle.

Around Mundesley, A green Nissan Vanette was found at the rear of farm buildings on private land. When challenged, they let the area.

In Tattersett a teleporter has been stolen from a farm yard. The metal gate was lifted off its hinges to remove it. The ‘porter had been part stripped for maintenance and was stolen without these parts.

Rural crime

At Upwell a unit on a work site was broken into- 2 Stihl disc cutters, Fairport whacker plate, combi impact driver and assorted hand tools have been stolen. A red pick up was seen fleeing from the scene after the theft.

Heating oil

Please consider fitting alarms to your oil tank. Please treat each activation as a potential crime. Thieves may trip the alarm several times in an attempt to get the alarm switched off.

In Harpley there was a theft of heating oil. It is thought between 800-900ltrs have been stolen. Nothing was broken off or left behind by thieves.

AT Weeting, up to 500ltrs of heating were stolen.

In Rockland All Saints, between 1500-2000ltrs of Heating Oil stolen.

Tilney All Saints, a heating oil tank has been drained. It is unclear of volume taken, but the main fuel pipe was unscrewed and left undone. CSI will follow up regarding any forensic leads.

Pink is the Colour- 

DC Andy Brown reminds you that a simple spray of florescent pink paint will make your batteries un-attractive to thieves.
Whilst the offenders are on your land looking for stolen batteries, what else are they looking at?
Are you leaving yourself vulnerable to further incidents?
We would encourage all subscribers to Property Mark your items. This can be as easy as post-coding items or using products like SelectaDNA or Smartwater which can be easily applied to smaller items which helps identify them, combined with clear signage- this will dissuade thieves.

At Royal Norwich Golf Club, 6 further golf buggies were targeted and stolen from the storage areas and moved. 2 buggies were located quickly by staff, these have had the batteries stripped from both vehicle.

In Narford,a generator, cables and batteries stolen from a locked unit from a work site.

Batteries were removed from construction equipment in Loddon. 2 batteries stolen from a tracked excavator and 1 battery stolen from as dumper on site.

Wildlife Crime:

If you are aware of an incident or offence taking place there and then or shortly afterwards please dial 999. The above inbox will not be monitored 24/7 but it will provide you with a direct way to contact our Wildlife Crime Officers.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Your local Wildlife Crime Officers:

Name Area
Insp Jon Papworth WCO Lead Breckland
Sgt Andy Tomlinson Breckland
PCSO Helen Maxwell Breckland
PC Ben Clark Kings Lynn / Downham Market
Pc Maria Asker Kings Lynn
PC Jim Squires South Norfolk
PS Richard Bedder Broadland
PC Jason Pegden North Norfolk
PC Stu Doe North Norfolk
DI Tom SMITH Norwich
PCSO Mac Cornaby Norwich

We would like to thank you all for the on going support you provide Norfolk Police.

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